84 Charing Cross Road (VMC) Paperback – 1 Sep 1982
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A lovely new edition of this classic title (Good Book Guide)
A must for anyone who reads - the correspondence between book lover Helen Hanff and Messers Marks & Cross of Charing Cross Road has been reissued. (Daily Express)
Unmitigated delight from cover to cover (DAILY TELEGRAPH)
A real-life love story . . . A timeless period piece. Do read it (WALL STREET JOURNAL)
A timeless classic that should be on every book-lover's 'must read' list. First published in 1971, 84 CHARING CROSS ROAD has never been out of print.See all Product Description
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To me the great joy of Hanff is her style. She is wonderfully conversational, humorous and self-depreciating. She describes her life - learning ancient Greek or watching endless English films - with panache. However, in truth very little happens in these pages. Rather, it is the gently teasing nature of her relationship with Doel which shines out, the feistiness of the young American lady chaffing against the more reserved nature of the quiet, polite English gent, as they read their way through the 1940s, 50s and 60s.
On her death, the Times said tartly, "Seldom has a writer sailed to literary fame in so slender a craft." It is true that 84 CXR is a very slim tome. Yet it is one that bears much re-reading, as it seems that somewhere between the lines there lie more than a few life-lessons for us all.
Pilgrims to the real-life 84 Charing Cross Road will be sad to find that it no longer exists as such. Look out for an "All Bar One" however and a dull, bronze plaque commemorating the bookstore.
The subject matter (the twenty-year correspondence between Helene Hanff, struggling NY scriptwriter and Frank Doel, poised London bookseller) is as brittle as it is beautiful, so I won't spoil the sparse human events that pepper this tale of literary friendship. Make sure you avoid all blurbs and introductions - which, assuming we are all more informed than we actually are, don't think twice about telling us how the story ends. Just read the thing.
I defy you not to have a lump firmly lodged in your throat when you reach the end. I know I did, even though I'd been preparing myself for it from page 1. This isn't a book which will have you in fits of laughter, or bawling your way through wads of Kleenex; it is the kind of book that has you constantly see-sawing between subtle grinning and eye-brimming.
I am not one to bandy the word "delightful" around the place (so few things nowadays are), but I think that's possibly the only word capable of encapsulating this book. I am happy that, on a whim, I purchased this in the beautiful textile hardcover Virago edition - I know I'll treasure this slim volume forever. I have found kindred spirits in Helene and Frank, ones that I'm loath to let go. The book, while giving me so much, also took a sizeable chunk out of me - having finished it mere moments ago and rushed to type up my thoughts and impressions, I'm simultaneously euphoric and depressed. I suppose I'll just have to read it again to find that chunk once more.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have read the book more than once seen the film many times too. It's a lovely short story.Published 6 months ago by SMBE
84 Charing Cross Road, by Helene Hanff, is an entertaining, evocative and moving collection of letters sent by the author, from her home in New York, to the staff at an antiquarian... Read morePublished 6 months ago by neverimitate
I first read this book in my teens have have revisited it on several occasions throughout the years. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Debra F
HAVING SEEN THE ORIGINAL 1970`S FILM STARRING ANNE BANCROFT AND ANTHONY HOPKINS, I WAS DELIGHTED TO FIND THE
DVD AND THE BOOK IN HARDBACK AVAILABLE ON AMAZON. Read more
Claire from Art & Soul and I read this as a read-along a couple of Friday’s ago and posed questions to each on Twitter as we read. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Bookboodle
Found this paperback in our holiday cottage (rented) in the eighties - warm and life-affirming it tells the story of two people finding love and friendship in a cold world. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Dan Smith